Editor Manson found the lovely (and damn inspiring) painted rock pictured above at the Publix Supermarket on Racetrack Road in Fort Walton Beach and decided he had to get to the bottom of the Okaloosa Rocks phenomenon.
Amy Huwa of Okaloosa Rocks writes:
I’m from Oak Harbor, Washington. While I was there, I participated in Whidbey Island Rocks. We’re a Navy family, so we got orders at Eglin and had to move.
We moved here in October 2016, and when we got here my husband noticed I was having a hard time. He asked me what I missed most about home. I said I missed the rock page. He said the only way I’m going to get to have a rock page here is if I start one.
So I started researching, and at the time there were no rock pages in the area. That’s how Okaloosa Rocks was born. I didn’t think it would grow to be this big—I’m grateful, and I love the page.
I try to keep it as positive and encouraging as I can. I’m not an artist—I was horrible at painting rocks, but my enthusiasm made up for it. I’ve definitely gotten better at painting, but I think that I’ve grown so much as a person from this experience. My heart is happy when I hear how people love the page, and that it makes them happy, too.